The Big Bad Wolf in My House

A picture book by Valérie Fontaine, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, translated by Shelley Tanaka.

Valérie Fontaine, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, translated by Shelley Tanaka

At first the wolf is sweet and kind to her mom, though the girl notices his cold eyes from the very beginning. When her mom arrives home late one day, the wolf suddenly hurls angry words and terrible names at her. From that day on her mother doesn't smile anymore. The girl is careful to clean her room and brush her teeth and do everything to keep the peace, but the wolf is unpredictable, throwing plates on the floor, yelling at her mother and holding the girl's arm so tightly she is left with bruises. Whenever the yelling begins, she hides under the covers in her room. How will she and her mom cope as the wolf becomes increasingly fierce? Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion have created a powerful, moving story about violence in the home that ends on a note of hope. (From Groundwood Books)

Valérie Fontaine is a Quebec writer and French-language author who has published more than twenty-five books for young people.

Nathalie Dion is an artist and illustrator based in Montreal. She also illustrated the picture book The Biggest Puddle in the World by Mark Lee and I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree by Jean E. Pendziwol.

Shelley Tanaka is a Canadian writer, editor and translator.

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